San Francisco Paralegal Association

Advanced Paralegal Certification Programs

Paralegals have the option of taking additional courses to obtain additional credentials to advance their careers. Listed below are a few certification programs offered by NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants) and NFPA (National Federation of Paralegal Associations). These programs are voluntary.

Please Note: The San Francisco Paralegal Associations does not endorse advanced certification programs nor comment on the quality of such programs. This information is provided to you only in an effort to keep you informed of available programs.


Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE)

In 1996, the NFPA created this exam to gauge the competency level of experienced paralegals. Paralegals who pass the exam will obtain the RP credential.

For more information visit: NFPA PACE Information


Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE™)

This exam was developed to assess the skills, ability and knowledge of paralegals. Since 2011, many paralegals have earned the right to use the CRP credential.

For more information visit: NFPA PCCE Information


Certified Paralegal Certification

Professional certification is a great career development tool. The NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals is responsible for the content, standards and administration of the Certified Paralegal Program. As of November 2013, over 17,000 paralegals have become Certified Paralegals in the United States.


For more information visit: NALA Certified Paralegal Program


Advanced Paralegal Certification

If you are seeking to enhance your career options, consider taking web-based courses in NALA's Advanced Paralegal Certification ("APC") program. You don't have to be a Certified Paralegal to take the courses. However, you must already have the Certified Paralegal certification to be awarded the credential. As of November 2013, there are over 3,000 Advanced Certified Paralegals in the United States.


For more information visit: NALA APC Information 




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